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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Childhood and Upbringing; College Years; Medical Education; Early Genetics Research at UOMS; Smith-Magenis Syndrome; Prader-Willi Syndrome; Patient Relations; Women in Medicine; Fairview Training Center; “Jessie”; Prenatal Diagnosis; Organizational Change at OHSU; Influence of Family and Colleagues; Advances in Treatment For Prader-Willi Syndrome


R. Ellen Magenis, M.D., begins by talking about her childhood and upbringing in Gary, Indiana followed by her education, earning a B.A. in zoology from Indiana University (1946) and an M.D. from Indiana University Medical School (1952). Magenis goes on to discuss her research in the field of genetics, including the identification of Smith-Magenis syndrome in the 1980s. She describes how her hands on experience with patients as a clinical geneticist as well as her directorship of the OHSU Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory influenced her work. Magenis also talks about her experiences as a woman in medicine, structural and organizational changes at OHSU, and advances in treatment for Prader-Willi syndrome.


Transcript of oral history interview with R. Ellen Magenis, M.D., conducted on December 9, 2008 by Susan Hayflick, M.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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